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International Law

A Joint Worthy Enterprise

Kip Hale | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
Kip Hale

It may come as a surprise to some, but the United Nations-Khmer Rouge Tribunal is working. This hybrid Cambodian-international tribunal is a joint enterprise worthy of strong support.

Republican Platform Envisions America Without Human Rights

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

Invoking American Exceptionalism, the Republican platform envisions America without human rights and detaches the nation from the entire world.

My Top Ten (I Mean 11) List From 9/11/01

David Mednicoff | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
David Mednicoff

Imperfect anniversaries provide the seeds for subsequent improvement. Maybe one way to commemorate 9/11/01 is not through remembering how we have felt, but summarizing what we have learned.

Peace vs. Justice: The Diminishing Importance of Diplomacy with the Emergence of International Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 09.01.2012 | World
Kip Hale

While the case-by-case circumstances of each conflict always matters, the question remains what standard playbook should the global community employ when confronted with the mass perpetration of international crimes?

Can Lawyers Save the Planet?

Lachie McKenzie | Posted 08.24.2012 | World
Lachie McKenzie

Will lawyers save the planet? As far as making ecocide an international crime, the case seems rather compelling.

UN Investigator Criticizes U.S. Drone War

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Citing a "dramatic increase" in the United States' use of targeted killings in the last few years, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings has just released a report decrying the lack of accountability in the U.S. overseas killings by unmanned drones.

Sec. Clinton Should Make Sure the U.S. Lives Up to Her Promises

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Last week, at a largely-overlooked Global Counterterrorism Forum in Istanbul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that "the United States will work with all of you to combat terrorists within the framework of the rule of law."

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Blackwater Appeal -- What Does This Mean for the Accountability of Private Military Firms?

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 08.08.2012 | World
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to dismiss the manslaughter and weapons charges against the four defendants Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard and Donald Ball and has declined to comment.

A Silwan Story: Palestinian Child Arrested, Abused by Israeli Authorities and Barred From Finishing 9th Grade

Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Are the arrests in Silwan aimed at remedying the violence present among many youth living in Israeli controlled territory, or are they part of a larger strategy to frighten the Palestinian population of Silwan in particular and East Jerusalem in general into submission?

ICC Turns Ten: A Measure of Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Kip Hale

In this tenth year of the ICC, it is an appropriate time to take stock of the Court's progress in its primary mission: end impunity through the just rule of law.

Regarding Iran, America Must Look to the Constitution

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Jonathan Granoff

Nothing can so erode confidence in the proper use of power by the strongest nation in the world than failure to adhere to the rules that we have agreed should be binding.

Gaddafi's Mansion: An "Arab Spring" Example of Asset Recovery

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 03.30.2012 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

The British judgment is the first major successful recovery of what is estimated to be billions in personal assets the Gaddafis and their associates allegedly obtained during regime's nearly forty-year reign.

Latest Afghan Torture Report Casts Shadow on U.S. Transfer Plans

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.20.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

After the U.N. report pointed this problem out last year, the U.S. military pledged 'never again' -- it would stop transferring captives to the abusive Afghan security service facilities until the Afghan government had demonstrated that the problem was solved.

Duty of Care: An Employer's Moral, Social and Legal Responsibility

Valerie Berset-Price | Posted 05.13.2012 | Business
Valerie Berset-Price

Don't be one of those companies.Take international travel seriously and demonstrate proper care toward your workforce. After all, a business amounts to nothing without the people who drive it.

I Have a Dream: An International Legal Treaty

David Isenberg | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

Almost nobody talks about an international treaty for private military and security contractors. Still, one can only speculate on what an international legal treaty might look like.

Attacking Iran Is Illegal

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

There are two distinct reasons why an armed attack on Iran is illegal under international law, whether the attacker is Israel or the United States.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Expands Corporate Human Rights Case, Avoids Corporate Liability Question

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

The Supreme Court on Monday afternoon took the unusual action of ordering reargument in the case heard last week that has been brought against a multi...

Fighting Pirates With Paper: How the Law of the Sea Is Important in the Fight Against Piracy

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 03.01.2012 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

We cannot fight piracy with our U.S. fleet alone. Fortunately, on this issue, the world is on our side, and one of the most powerful weapons available is within our reach.

America as Constitutional Republic: When Can the President Kill?

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Doug Bandow

What should be done if there are no obvious battlefields and no certain combatants? Should propagandists be treated as fighters? Are any procedural protections required before a U.S. citizen can be killed?

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Looks Ready To Grant Corporate Immunity In Human Rights Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday morning appeared divided along party lines, with a conservative majority ready to hold that corporations ca...

Mike Sacks

Corporate Personhood Case Forces Justices To Hack New Path

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument on whether corporations, like real people, can be held liable in American ...

State or Non-state: Ay, There's the Rub

David Isenberg | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Despite all the pieces of national legislation that have been introduced in recent years the heart of the issue is that most PMSC exist to operate somewhere outside the country they are headquartered in. That makes then an international, not a national legal issue.

Putting the UN Veto in Perspective

Stephen Zunes | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Stephen Zunes

Official Washington has been rife with condemnation at the decision by the governments of Russia and China to veto an otherwise unanimous UN Security ...

Gold, Guns and Books: the Meyomesse Affair

Deji Olukotun | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Deji Olukotun

Writer Enoh Meyomesse landed in Yaounde, Cameroon after a trip to Singapore on November 22. As he deplaned, the national police detained him, searched his belongings, and accused him of stealing gold as part of a sophisticated coup d'état against President Paul Biya.

Americans Are Less Nationalistic Than Flag-Waving Politicians Think

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Are American politicians out of sync with the public when it comes to foreign policy? There is considerable reason to believe so.